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Date: March 23 & 24, 2000


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Lorraine Bannai Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background Segment 1 of 39 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Lorraine Bannai Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Quiet dignity and family pride: Japanese cultural values passed down from maternal grandparents Segment 2 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Influence of paternal grandparents: importance of family, generosity Segment 3 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An exceptional experience: growing up in Gardena, California surrounded by a large Japanese American community Segment 4 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Significance of Japanese American leadership and role models in Gardena, California Segment 5 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Avoiding the pigeonhole of racial stereotypes during school years Segment 6 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Church lessons: the value of community and thinking critically Segment 7 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Involvement in the political process through father's campaign Segment 8 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Learning politics by observing father, not from discussions Segment 9 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Earliest recollections of incarceration: parents' downplaying of camp experience and its impact Segment 10 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Vivid memories of the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam War protests, and the racial struggle in the U.S. during junior high school years Segment 11 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Enjoying high school and consciously avoiding stereotypical role of studious Japanese American girl Segment 12 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother teaches importance of education by example, in pursuit of her own Ph.D. Segment 13 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An "eye-opening experience": discovering the realities of concentration camps in Asian American Studies courses at college Segment 14 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Increasing awareness of Japanese American community: "I came from a very unique, special culture that had overcome enormous adversity" Segment 15 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington "Maintaining a connection to the culture" through judo, deciding to go to law school Segment 16 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Entering University of San Francisco School of Law with "the sense that law could be a vehicle for social change" Segment 17 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Realities of law school, much-needed support from other minority students Segment 18 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Alienation as a minority in law school, activism surrounding affirmative action case heightens personal political sense and highlights role models Segment 19 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington "A horrible realization" of injustice of Supreme Court ruling in Korematsu v. US, (1944) Segment 20 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Coming to understand law as a tool for bettering society, empowered by certain individuals Segment 21 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Personal growth in law school and feeling shocked upon receiving award at graduation ceremony Segment 22 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington "Conscious of having to be very good," to prove herself as a young, Asian American, female lawyer Segment 23 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Practicing law with political-minded partners, involvement in redress efforts, meeting Peter Irons Segment 24 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Explanation of Korematsu v. US (1944), and of new, powerful evidence instigating the reopening of the case Segment 25 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Opportunity to work on "a case of a lifetime," meeting the "cultural icon" Fred Korematsu Segment 26 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Explanation of legal procedure used in reopening case, writ of error coram nobis, assessing the risks, and support from the community Segment 27 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A case for vindication, not money, power of coalition as community comes together seeking redress at the same time Segment 28 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Taking on the case with optimism, "We had no idea what we were getting into" Segment 29 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Formation of the original legal team, "a very personal case to all of us" Segment 30 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Explanation of skepticisms of and optimism for the law, "the law is a fluid institution" Segment 31 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Impact of gender in group dynamics Segment 32 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Importance of public education campaign in conjunction with legal efforts, working with Fred Korematsu Segment 33 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Government offers a pardon, Fred Korematsu stands firm and refuses to accept: "Why should I accept a pardon? ... I should be pardoning the government" Segment 34 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Lorraine Bannai Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Supportive Japanese American community provides financial and emotional support for legal team and also appreciation for long-awaited vindication Segment 35 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Lorraine Bannai Interview
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Original Supreme Court decision still stands: a continued threat to our civil liberties Segment 36 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Finally vindicated: a victory for Fred Korematsu, the legal team, and the entire Japanese American community Segment 37 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Lessons learned from work on Korematsu: critical perspective of the law, value of coalition work, and importance of being a good lawyer Segment 38 of 39 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Life after Korematsu: teaching law, community involvement, passing on lessons of tolerance and social responsibilities to children Segment 39 of 39 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history